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Top News Links: Wednesday, Nov. 9

Donald Trump elected leader of free world

Donald Trump stunned the world by winning the title of president-elect early Wednesday, storming to crucial victories in a series of battleground states and emerging the victor of a bitterly fought campaign. One by one the swing states fell his way: Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and then Wisconsin. Shortly after 2 a.m. ET, Democrat Hillary Clinton called Trump to concede. – CNN

Birmingham Council delaying CrossPlex development

Construction of a planned retail development at the CrossPlex athletic facility has been delayed as the Birmingham City Council has yet to approve necessary contracts. Comfort Inn & Suites, Walgreens and Starbucks have signed on to the project, but developer Bob Nesbitt, of Engel Realty Group, said he is at risk of losing the tenants if the council continues to delay the start of construction. – AL.com

Nissan, Toyota: North American market saturated

Japan’s two largest carmakers have arrived at the same conclusion: the U.S. auto market that’s functioned as a growth engine has run out of gas. Toyota Motor Corp. cut its forecast for North American sales this fiscal year by 60,000 vehicles and for the first time said it’s expecting a decline for the year, as American consumers shift away from fuel sippers like the Prius hybrid and toward trucks and sport utility vehicles. – Bloomberg

Voters approve amendment protecting state park money

Alabama voters have approved Amendment 2 to allow private entities to run park facilities and to protect state park money. Voters on Tuesday approved the proposed change to the Alabama Constitution. The measure will prohibit money generated at state parks- as well as tax dollars earmarked for park maintenance - from being transferred to other government functions. It will also allow private entities to run more hotels, golf courses and restaurants at the parks. – WSFA

Maximum age limits done away with by voters

Alabama voters have approved doing away with maximum age limits for university trustees and most other elected and appointed officials. Voters on Tuesday approved Amendment 13. The measure mostly impacts trustee appointments at public universities. Several universities have mandatory retirement ages or age limits for new appointments. – ABC3340

MollerTech picked Alabama site from 30 contenders

Bibb County beat out more than 30 sites in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee to land the MöllerTech  $46.3 million production plant, company officials said at a groundbreaking Tuesday. The German auto supplier announced last month it would build its third North American plant in Bibb County. – AL.com

Dunavant Global buys Mobile-based brokerage

Memphis-based Dunavant Global Logistics Group, LLC has announced the addition of two new subsidiaries to its global footprint—the opening of Dunavant International Freight Agency in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, China and the acquisition of John M. Brining, Inc., a Mobile-based private customs brokerage company. – News release

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